I was a citizen of the Islamic republic, a country whose citizens ask fervently for the implementation of Sharia—or Islamic law—that demands sodomites like me (and some of you) should be put to death “by stoning, by being thrown off a high point, or by toppling a dilapidated building.”
This made me loathe Islam—the bloodlust, the hatred, the hypocrisy. While in Pakistan, I renounced Islam but kept my mouth shut. I had to be silent or I would have been silenced. Killing me would have been a double treat for a Muslim jihadi. Not only that I was a sexual deviant but an apostate, who, according to Islam, deserves nothing but death.In the West, we debate about legalising gay marriage but:
The only debate in Islam about homosexuality is that how a homosexual should be killed.Most of the Western world still has its head in the sand.
I applied for and gained asylum in the United States, and I joined academia. [...] I wanted to tell my story as a cautionary tale, but was shunned and silenced. I was told that I don’t understand the intricacies of Islam. I was told that I have inherited Islamophobia from my imperialist masters. I was told that I am Fox News. Islam was never at fault, they told me—it’s all about poverty, disenfranchisement, Western imperialism, a reaction against white cisgender colonialism, even global warming. But it was never about Islam.The evil Islamic reign of terror has lasted over a thousand years but somehow this simple, historical truth is repeatedly ignored by "the intellectuals".
(Originally posted at Isaac Schrödinger.)